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Trustee Profile: Charles Holman, District 4

Name: Charles Holman

Occupation: I worked with Ingram Barge for 35 years and retired as a Chief Marine Engineer. I currently serve as the Mayor of Graceville, a position I’ve held for 10 years. I have served the City of Graceville for 19 years in total, serving on the city council before becoming mayor.

Education: I am a proud graduate of Graceville High School and have also completed the General Motors Diesel Engine Operation and Maintenance School. I studied at the National River Academy in Helena, Arkansas where I completed mechanical and electrical engineering courses.

Family: My mother, the late Gertha Simpson, was a founding member of West Florida Electric Cooperative. I was married to the late Rachel Holman for 56 years and I have three children, Donna Meldon, Cynthia Adee and Keith Holman.

Hobbies: I enjoy participating in community service projects.

Career Highlights/Accomplishments: Ingram Barge Company recognized me by naming a riverboat in my honor, the motor vessel, Charles B. Holman. I served in the United States Navy for 5.5 years during the Korean War and completed a trip around the world while serving aboard the naval destroyer, USS Beatty. We left Newport, Rhode Island and traveled through the Panama Canal to the Far East (where I completed a tour of duty in Korea) then traveled on to India through the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and back to Newport, Rhode Island. I am a disabled war veteran and am proud to have had a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of my dedicated service to Graceville and Jackson County as a whole. I also held a U.S. Coast Guard Engineering license for unlimited horsepower vessels and have served on the Tri-County Community Council Board for ten years, three of which I spent as Chairman.

Length of Service on Board & Positions Held: I have been on West Florida Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees for 15 years.

Who is your hero/role model and why? Gertha Simpson, my mother, taught me the importance of hard work. She was very community-oriented and taught me the value of giving back to my community. Bill Gee, a vice president at Ingram Barge mentored me during my time with the company and encouraged me to advance my career.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? I’d like to meet Ronald Reagan because he was a no-nonsense leader.

What is your favorite quote or saying? I have several: “How the cow eats the collards.” (which means telling it plainly); “Faster than a New York minute.”; “This isn’t my first rodeo.”; “Don’t burn your bridges, you might need to cross back over them.”; “I may wear out, but I won’t rust out.”